Families, staff, and the wider public in Ayr will meet with members of the review group looking into local authority provision of residential care for older people later this week. The drop-in sessions at South Lodge Care Home are designed to provide a forum to exchange views on the options currently being considered.
The South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership – which brings together a wide range of health and social work services – is currently exploring a range of options for both South Lodge in Ayr, and Hillcrest in Girvan.
The review was ordered to help the Partnership fully understand the available care home and wider care package provision in South Ayrshire. The review group is now holding a series of engagement sessions with families, staff and the wider public to talk through a range of potential options.
Drop-in sessions held at Hillcrest on Thursday 27 October were well attended, with more than 50 people coming along to give their feedback on the potential options being considered.
The options being looked at include:
- Maintaining services at South Lodge and/or Hillcrest
- Upgrading facilities at South Lodge and/or Hillcrest
- The availability and potential for alternative care provision, alongside a carefully managed closure of South Lodge and/or Hillcrest
The next stage sees drop-in engagement session's being held at South Lodge Care Home in Ayr on Wednesday 2 November between 2.30pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm.
Councillor Rita Miller, Chair of the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board said every option was being actively considered: "South Lodge Care Home plays an important role in the provision of residential care in Ayr and is highly valued by residents, relatives and the local community.
"The engagement sessions provide the opportunity to discuss ways in which people live now and how they will be supported in future at both South Lodge and Hillcrest.
"A number of options are being considered for the future of our two care homes but I would stress that no decision has been made at this point, with a report due to go before the Integrated Joint Board early in the new year."
"Feedback from people attending the Hillcrest event was constructive and we hope for a similar turnout for the drop-in session in Ayr, where people will be given the chance to meet directly with the review team to exchange views on what happens next."
Jeanette Pettigrew, Chairperson of South Lodge Residents' Association, said: "We've been running for three years and have an active involvement in raising money to help enhance the lives of the residents.
"We provide funding for various outings and entertainment, with additional funding being made available as and when required.
"We're extremely concerned about the future of South Lodge and would urge all families and friends of residents to attend the open day on Wednesday 2 November, where we hope to gain a clearer understanding of what the future holds for South Lodge."
The review group looking into options for Hillcrest and South Lodge Care Homes includes representatives from South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, South Ayrshire Council, Hillcrest Care Home, South Lodge Care Home, Friends of Hillcrest, South Lodge Residents Association, GMB, Unison, and Unite.
Anyone not available to attend the event can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request further information or leave feedback.